December 12
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
December 13
Thursday 7:00 AM
All adult men are invited to these weekly breakfast Bible studies. Each week the content alters between a Bible study and local speakers.
Tuesday meets at Hilltop Restaurant and Thursday meets at Chanhassen Perkins.

Perkins, Chanhassen ,
December 15
Saturday 10:00 AM
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
December 16
Sunday 8:30 AM
Get Your Butter Braids: Butter Braids will be sold in the Minneapolis Church Lower Narthex on Sunday, December 16th between services.

All proceeds will benefit the Mount Olivet Homes Auxiliary (MOHA) affiliates: Mount Olivet Home, Mount Olivet Careview Home, Mount Olivet Day Services, and Mount Olivet Rolling Acres.
Minneapolis: Lower Narthex
December 16
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel


Holiday Boutique

Sat 11/5 9am-2pm, Mpls Campus. Featuring specialties from our circles; over 60 unique vendors; a new Food Emporium with culinary gifts, Rice pudding by Joy Circle, samples, and coffee; THE DALA House kids-only shopping area with $5 parent and grandparent gifts; the Bistro Breakfast at 9-11am and Lunch at 11am-1pm; and ticket assistance for the Women in Leadership Luncheon on Nov 23 and 36th Annual Christmas Brunch on Dec 17.


Mount Olivet Vision Partners Event at Mia

Sun 11/6 1pm, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Mount Olivet Vision Partners is a group of congregation and community members who plan to “leave a legacy” for our church and/or any of our affiliated organizations with a gift in their estate plan. This Mia event includes lunch and a tour of the special exhibition of Reformation art. If you have not told us about your planned gift and would like to attend this event, please contact Mari Carlson, Director of Development, at 612.821.3150. We would be delighted to have you join in this special social event! Transportation provided upon request.


Crafty Ladies Fall Retreat 3pm Fri 11/11 to 1pm Sun 11/13, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center.

Join us for a wonderful weekend of uninterrupted crafting, great food, and warm fellowship. Whether you are an experienced crafter or just getting started, you will enjoy inspiration and encouragement from a wonderful group of creative women. Cost: $225 single (if available), $175pp double, $140pp dorm. Register: Kaylene Retka 952.469.2175


Fall Men’s Dinner: “Behind the Scenes of US Bank Stadium”

Thu 11/17 6:30-8:30pm, Mpls Fellowship Hall. Mount Olivet member Eric Brekke worked onsite at US Bank Stadium for 2 years with Mortenson construction until its recent completion.   Come and hear Eric share highlights of the construction process, interesting facts, and see images of areas not open to the public (e.g. locker rooms). Cost: $15 nonrefundable payment required with registration. Register by 11/10


What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Find Out Sun, Nov 13! If you grew up Lutheran, you’ve heard the word grace often. Frankly, no matter what Christian church you grow up in, you hear of God’s grace. As a concept, it doesn’t belong to Lutherans – but how we understand does!  What was so amazing about Luther’s understanding? Find out by coming to hear Dr. Winston Persaud on Sun,
Nov 13, 6-7pm at the Mpls Campus. As a Professor of Theology at Wartburg Seminary and in his talks around the country and the world, Dr. Persaud speaks of God’s justifying grace in a way that connects with the questions people are asking. In addition to hearing Dr. Persaud, we also will lift our voices in singing, led by the Senior Choirs from both campuses. See you Sun, Nov 13. No registration necessary – all are welcome!

A Walk through the Articles of the Creed Mon 11/14 7-8:30pm, West Campus Sanctuary.

How Luther understood the Apostles’ Creed is key to understanding Lutheran theology. As we embark on a year of Reformation 500 events, a “Walk through the Articles of the Creed” is a wonderful reminder of the unique understanding that Lutherans hold regarding these key tenants of our faith. Presenter: Mount Olivet’s 2016 Theologian in Residence, DR. WINSTON PERSAUD, Wartburg Seminary.

Women in Leadership Luncheon: da Bomb Bath Fizzer Girls

Wed 11/23, Check-In / Networking at 11:30am, Lunch Served at 12noon, Pinstripes, Edina.
Speakers: Isabel (15) and Caroline (14) Bercaw of da Bomb Bath Fizzers. These sisters and young entrepreneurs will share their story of how “it all started with a bath” and has now moved to distribution of their products in 38 states plus online. All Mount Olivet women, visitors, granddaughters, daughters, and friends are welcome. Cost: $25  ($20, 16 and under) nonrefundable payment required with registration. Register by 11/17: Questions: Teresa Elsbernd 612.867.1087

Day Advent Journey

A Journey of Grace:
Martin Luther’s Christmas

Tue 11/29 10am-3pm, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center; Complimentary Bus from 7500 York (8:45am), West (9am), Mpls (9:15am). For Luther, the very human elements of the Christmas story held his imagination as much as the miracle of the incarnate Christ. Join Pastor Stephen Cornils, Pastor Mike Zacher, Carol Throntveit, Carol James, Kraig Windschitl, and special guest “Martin Luther” for a unique telling of the Christmas story. Cost: $25. Register: 952.469.2175 or


87th Annual Lutefisk Dinner

Fri 12/2 3-7pm, Mpls Fellowship Hall. Join us for this festive, Scandinavian tradition featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, rutabagas, boiled potatoes, pickled beets, lefse, limpa rye bread, and rice pudding with lingonberries. Other highlights: special musical performances, Stuga house display, and coffee and cookies in the gym. Tickets sold at the door: $20 adults, $5 12 and under.


24 Hours of Gratitude through Movement and Meditation 3pm 12/9 to 5pm 12/10, Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center.

Gratitude is foundational to a healthy spiritual life. Defined by Robert Emmons, UC-Davis professor of psychology, as a state of goodness, gratitude “elevates, energizes, inspires and transforms human life. Through expressions of gratitude, people are moved, opened and humbled.” An attitude of gratitude requires focused intention and effort as commitments and circumstances frequently leave us feeling overwhelmed. Spend 24 hours cultivating your personal practice of gratitude. Join Pastor Gretchen Enoch and Shelly Steinhoff as we take this time to delve into our personal meanings of gratitude, reconnect to our sense of goodness, and develop an action plan to sustain us in the new year. Cost: $125 single; $90pp double; $75pp dorm. Register: 952.469.2175